Monday, December 02, 2019

CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 1st 2019


 SHANNONBRIDGE
6:30p.m.Mass  (Vigil of 1st Sunday of Advent) Richard & Kieran Hynes [Do This in Memory Group. ]
Monday 2nd  7:00p.m.  Mass
Tuesday 3rd (St. Francis Xavier) 10am
Wednesday 4th 10am
Thursday 5th 10am  (Advent Reflection on Sunday Readings -old Sacristy)
Friday 6th 10a.m. (St. Nicholas) Fergal Maher (Anniv) FIRST FRIDAY
Saturday 7th (St. Ambrose)
6.30p.m. Kieran & Mary Anne, Brian Flannery
CLONFANLOUGH.  
Sunday 1st December (1st Sunday of Advent)
10:30a.m. Devery Family (Clonlyon) Nancy & Sonny Egan
Thursday 5th December 7pm. (Eve of 1st Friday)
Sunday 8th December (2nd Sunday of Advent)
10:30am.  Kieran & Anne Pillion
**Feast of Immaculate Conception is moved to Mon, 9th (not a Holyday in 2019)
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. 4th Dec  at 7.30pm
RECENT DEATHS   Joe Carroll (Moyvoughley) brother in law of Marian McManus
COLLECTIONS: Offertory Nov
23/24th 2019 €625  Shrine €50  
FIRST FRIDAY - December 6th.Holy Communion is brought to people. Let me know if you’d like a call.  
FOOD BASKET APPEAL This year as a parish we plan to help the Simon Community  who have a massive outreach.  We would be grateful if you would donate non perishable foods, small toys and  toiletries. There will be baskets at the top of both Churches to collect items and on Saturday,Nov 30 th at 6:30pm in Shannonbridge we will  celebrate a Giving Mass  with all in our Community. Speaker: Tony O’Riordan
BAPTISM We welcome into our Christian Community  Tom James Larkin
BIBLE DIARIES available price €7 (Daily Readings & short Reflection for 2020)
CLONMACNOIS  BOM 7:30p.m. Monday 2nd Dec
 ADVENT PRAYER

Great Creator, May this Advent Season be a time of Waiting in Mindful Hope. Awaken my heart from all the ways I may have grown tired, distrustful and disappointed. Heal me of doubt so that my eyes may see the rich promises of the season. Open my consciousness to the ‘New Heaven and the New Earth’ that is your vision for humankind. May I be a steward of the New Creation and be a light-bearer of good news. May this Advent be a Homecoming Journey, a discovery of the true self, and a rejection of all that is false and deceptive. I surrender myself to you, I surrender my heart that it may be your new Bethlehem, May it be done unto me according to your word Amen
THE BOOK OF LUKE IN THE BIBLE   Beginning December 1st, daily read a chapter of the 24 chapters.  On Christmas Eve, you will have read the whole account of Jesus’s life and wake up on Christmas morning knowing Who and Why we celebrate Christmas.
CAROL Service Dec 15@3.30pm Temple Ciaran
CRIB SUNDAY Dec. 15th  CAKE SALE (school funds) Dec 15th after 10:30am DTIM Mass in Clonfanlough

 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Waiting is learning’
The bleak mid-winter heralds the arrival of a new Church Year. As we light the first purple candle on the Advent wreath we embark once again on a journey that will lead us to the manger at Bethlehem. At Christmas we will celebrate God’s gift to the world. During Advent we look forward to that gift. It’s a season for waiting and reflecting. Our world is full of waiting from the rising of the sun to its’ setting; waiting for that phone call, waiting for the doctor, waiting in traffic, waiting for the plane. ‘Waiting is learning’, according to the late Dutch theologian Henri Nouwen, ‘the longer we wait the more we learn about Him for whom we are waiting’. May we learn in our waiting, and when we stand before the manger on Christmas morning may we be surprised yet again, to discover that He is the One who has been waiting for us all along
 ARK OF DIVINE MERCY, ATHLONE - ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE - Will take place from Friday 15th May to Friday 22nd May 2020 with Fr Pius Faruna as our Spiritual Director. Cost From €580. Deposit of €300 to secure your place with the final amount €280 before mid March. Details available from 087 6600190 or 087 7828283
REVISED EDITION - Due to general demand, the book “Shannonbridge– a history of Raghra” by Laura Price and Brendan Ryan. Copies may be had at Luker’s and Moran’s of Shannonbridge and at Offaly History, Bury Quay, Tullamore. Price €20
STATUE OF FATIMA is coming to St Cynocs Junior national school Ferbane at 6pm on Friday 6th December .Our lady of Fatima statue will be in the school for 2 hours (video, rosary, petitions )free admission.
DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO The winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw were 11, 15, 21, 30. No jackpot winner. Two match 3 winners. This week’s jackpot is €11,400 and the draw will be held in Shannonbridge on Monday 2nd December.
ADVENT  From This weekend on We begin Advent and   the new Church year. Readings for Sundays
are from Cycle A and weekdays Cycle 2.
The Advent wreath will be blessed at the startof Mass
NEW SERVER PRACTICE Saturday 30tb directly after 6:30pm Mass. Parents of the servers will be needed as there are some short papers to fill in.
CLONFANLOUGH AGM & IFA  Clonfanlough AGM & IFA Election 2019 in Clonfanlough Hall on Monday 2nd December at 8.30.
ARK OF DIVINE MERCY  will host an Afternoon of Thanksgiving in St Ronan¹s Parish Church Taughmaconnell on Saturday December 7th 2019 starting at 2.00pm with a Eucharistic Procession, Adoration Rosary , Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  Concluding withy Holy Mass.  Celebrant Fr Luke Ohiemi
All are most welcome. Details from Kathleen O'Connor or Paul Woods on  087 7828283.or arkofdivinemercy@gmail.com
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ANNUAL  COLLECTION Sat, 7th December  Please give generously
CHISTMAS PARTY Sunday 15th December in Shannonbridge Hall 3-6p.m. Santa will be arriving at 3pm (€3 per child €10 per family of 4)
ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS - Congratulations to Naomh Ciarán ladies on their marvellous victory in the All-Ireland Intermediate Final in Cavan on Saturday last. Well done to all the players and their Management team. Their outstanding achievement has lifted the spirits of the entire area.
CHRISTMAS SOCIAL DANCE - In Cloghan Hall on Fri. 6th Dec. from 9.30 - 12.30. Music by Dave Lawlor
 Advent Safeguarding Me ssage 2019
Bp. Francis Duffy writes…”Arising from the preparations for our Diocesan Assembly 2020 it is very clear that ‘family’ is a central concern for people. Advent is a time of preparation to celebrate the beginnings of a
special family, ‘the Holy Family’ of Mary and Joseph and Jesus. Special, as it is the place
where the Son of God came among us. Special also, because it is like any other family with
its mixtures of joys and sorrows, happiness and burdens. As a local Church we work towards having safe environments for children in our activities. Places where parents can be
reassured their children will be safe, treated with respect and valued. Many are involved at
parish and diocesan level to maintain these standards. I thank you for your vigilance and
your commitment to making our Church as safe as possible for children.
I encourage anyone with concerns regarding the safety of children or anyone who suffered in the past to contact our Designated Liaison Person, Sean Leydon (087-7431649) or our
Deputy Designated Liaison Person, Róisín O’Doherty (087-7057516).
CLONFANLOUGH SOCIAL GROUP wish to thank all those who sponsored them financially,with vouchers&spot prizes.It all helps to make a great day.To all that attended last Sun take note we do it again Nov 29th 2020
HYMNS:  O Come Emmanuel O come, O come, Emmanuel, To free our captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice, Rejoice, O Israel, To you shall come Emmanuel. //O Royal branch of Jesse‟s tree, Redeem us all from tyranny, From pain of hell, your people free, And over death win victory.
 Come O Lord Promised Lord and Christ is he, May we soon his Kingdom see. Come, O Lord, quickly come, Come in glory, come in glory, Come in glory, quickly come. //Teaching, healing, once was he, May we soon his Kingdom see. Come O Lord, quickly come, Come in glory etc as above...
When Creation Was Begun When creation was begun God had chosen you to be Mother of his blessed son. Holy Mary full of grace. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. //When creation was restored You were there beside toe Lord Whom you cherished and adored Holy Mary full of grace
 CHRISTMAS FLORAL DEMONSTRATION in Shannonbridge Hall Thurs, Dec 5th@ 6:30pm Adm €5.

 MINISTRIES                                               
  Shanonbridge:Sat  7th December @6:30 p.m.          
Server Grp3 Michael C, Cliodhna F, Niamh C (error last week-so correcting this wk)
 Reader: Eileen Quinn  E.M. Sinead Ryan
 Ch Care:Dympna Fitzp & O’Carroll, Linda Moran
Clonfanlough:Sun 8th Dec @10:30am
Server Grp 2Neasa T, Eva S.
 Reader: K. Guinan Euch Min.:Linda Donaghy    Church Care– NovKathleen Norton/Helen Darcy


















Thursday, November 28, 2019

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN NOVEMBER 24TH 2019


 SHANNONBRIDGE
Saturday 23rd November 6:30p.m. Kieran & Mary Mannion (Clonmacnois) & Dec’d family members (Do This in Memory)
Monday 25th- 10a.m. St Colman of Cloyne
Tuesday 26th—Liturgy of Word & Communion
Wednesday 27th-10am St Fergal
Thursday 28th– 10a.m. St Catherine Labouré
Friday 29th  10:00am..
Saturday 30th Nov -St Andrew, Apostle
10:00.a.m.. Mass 1) Bridget & William Duffy
2) John Joe, Mary, Eddie, Peggy (O’Shea)  & Gerry Egan
6:30p.m.Mass  (Vigil of 1st Sunday of Advent) Richard & Kieran Hynes [Do This in Memory Group. ]
CLONFANLOUGH.  
10:30a.m.  Mass for the People
1:30pm. Mass : Clonfanlough Hall Christmas Party afterwards
Monday 25th 7:00p.m. Peg & Andy Rocke
Sunday 1st December (1st Sunday of Advent)
10:30a.m. Devery Family (Clonlyon) Nancy & Sonny Egan
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. 27th October  at 7.30pm
RECENT DEATHS  Your prayers are asked for Mary Kate Dolan (Clonlyon) and for Julianne Dillon (Clonmacnois) who we laid to rest in the past week.   
COLLECTIONS: Offertory Nov 16/17th 2019 €850  Shrine €55    
 BAPTISM PREPARATION - Meeting Wed. 27th Nov. at 8pm in the Granary, Boher. Please contactFr. Tom 086-8319500
FOOD BASKET APPEAL This year as a parish we plan to help the Simon Community  who have a massive outreach.  We would be grateful if you would donate non perishable foods, small toys and  toiletries. There will be baskets at the top of both Churches to collect items and on Saturday,Nov 30 th at 6:30pm in Shannonbridge we will  celebbrate a Giving Mass  with all in our Community. Speaker: Tony O’Riordan
 Since Nov 1st 2018 we laid to rest

Kathleen Kelly
Barry Quinn
Mary L’Estrange
Hubert (Louis) Darcy
Johnny Nally
Kieran Hanniffy
Shane Hynes
Annie (Birdie) Kelly
John (Sean) Rohan
Kieran Rocke
Mary Kate Dolan
Julianne Dillon
Parishioners who died elsewhere...
Daniel (Donal) O’Connor
Brendan Loonam  /Oliver Redican
Pauline Donnelly (Nee Redican)
Molly Rohan
PARISH MASS FOR DECEASED: Our Annual Mass for all who have died in our parish over the past year will take place Friday November 29th at 7 p.m. in Shannonbridge Church. All welcome.

 FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
 ‘This is the king of the Jews’
The feast of ‘Christ the King’ was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to counteract the secularism and atheism that were widespread in the years after World War One. The Holy Father’s intention was clear. He was calling on his flock to stand firm and keep Christ at the centre of their lives. The feast is celebrated, fittingly, as we bid farewell to one Church year, and stand on the threshold of another, because we believe that ‘all time belongs to Him and all seasons’. He is a king with a difference, born in a lowly stable, brought-up in an obscure village, laid to rest in a borrowed grave, whose chariot was a humble donkey, whose throne was a cross, whose crown was made of thorns. As the king is, so should His subjects be. To follow Him means to serve and not to be served; to give and not to count the cost; to be gentle and humble of heart.

DO THIS IN MEMORY.. Date Change: Just a reminder that our next Mass is on Saturday 30th November at 6:30pm Mass in Shannonbridge . Please come& through the school we will be preparing names of Loved Ones for our Remembrance Trees
ARK OF DIVINE MERCY, ATHLONE - ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE - Will take place from Friday 15th May to Friday 22nd May 2020 with Fr Pius Faruna as our S piritual Director. Cost From €580. Deposit of €300 to secure your place with the final amount €280 before mid March. Details available from 087 6600190 or 087 7828283
REVISED EDITION - Due to general demand, the book “Shannonbridge– a history of Raghra” by Laura Price and Brendan Ryan. Copies may be had at Luker’s and Moran’s of Shannonbridge and at Offaly History, Bury Quay, Tullamore. Price €20
STATUE OF FATIMA is coming to St Cynocs Junior national school Ferbane at 6pm on Friday 6th December .Our lady of Fatima statue will be in the school for 2 hours (video, rosary, petitions )free admission.
ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE MASS - In Athlone
Institute of Technology on Thurs. 28th November
at 11am in the John Count McCormack Hall for all
the deceased staff, students and friends of AIT
DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO
The winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw
were 3, 21, 26, 29. No jackpot winner. Two match
3 winners. Jackpot stands at  €11,200 . Next draw  in Doon on Monday 25th
November
BALLINASLOE PARISH  MASS TIMES CHANGE (Commence Nov 30th/Dec 1st  Our Lady of Lourdes, Creagh: Saturday: 6.00pm Sunday: 10.30am St Michael’s Church: Saturday 7.00pm Sunday: 9.15am & 12.00 midday. Hospital Sun 9.45am .
ADVENT  Next Sunday is the beginning of Advent and   the new Church year. Readings for Sundays
are from Cycle A and weekdays Cycle 2.
The Advent wreath will be blessed at the startof Mass
NEW SERVER PRACTICE Saturday 30tb directly after 6:30pm Mass. Parents of the servers will be needed as there are some short papers to fill in.

 MINISTRIES                                               
  Shanonbridge:Sat  30th November @6:30 p.m.          
Server Grp3 Isobel C, Rian C, Shane K
 Reader: Kieran O’Connor E.M. D. Fitzpatrick
 Ch Care:Marian McManus, Catherina Slattery, Ann Corbett
Clonfanlough:Sun 1st Dec @10:30am
Server Grp 1 Rory D, Grace D, Kate McC
 Reader: Ann Guinan Euch Min.:Enda  Molloy    Church Care– Nov Joey Rigney/Dorothy Darcy
 CHRISTMAS FLORAL DEMONSTRATION in Shannonbridge Hall on Thursday, Dec 5th at 6:30p.m. Admission €5.
BEST WISHES  to  Naomh Ciarán ans especially to Aoife, Ellee & all involved in the All-Ireland final Saturday 23rd in Cavan…. Update  congratulations they won 2-11 to 2-9
And to Shannonbridge GAA— in their Leinster Semi-Final on Sunday at 1:30pm in New Ross
(PS  And to our friends across the bridge in Padraig Pearses Club in their Connaught Final V Corofin)
Congratulations to Ronan Hynes recipient of the Offaly GAA award this year for Intermediate Football.  Everyone is behind u all the way
PARISH PARISH COLLECTION - As we approach this time of year when we renew our Parish boxes for each family home, we thank you for your support  which is so important for the running of our Parish. If for some reason you are not registered for
a box, we ask you to please do so by contacting me (Fr. Tom) Please understand the importance of your contribution to the offertory collection and the six yearly envelopes (yellow & white) for the priest’s dues, which pays the wages for the priests in our Dioceses. The parish receives back envelopes currently from Ferbane, Cloghan & Banagher, Leamonaghan, Moore  We thank God for Community, for Parish and for all  the good people who help to build it up.
Hymns
Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven
To his feet thy tribute bring;/ Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,/ Who like me his praise should sing? Praise the everlasting King!
2) Praise him for his grace and favour To our fathers in distress;/Praise him still the same for ever,/ Slow to chide and swift to bless:/ Praise him! Praise him!/ Glorious in his faithfulness!
This Is My Will, My one command,/ That love should dwell/ Among you all. This is My will that you should love -As I have shown that I love you.
1) No greater love a man can have Than that he die to save his friends You are My friends if you obey What I command that you should do.
Hail Redeemer, King Divine. Priest and Lamb, the throne is thine; King, whose reign shall never cease, Prince of everlasting peace.
Angels, saints and nations sing:
Praise be Jesus Christ our King;
Lord of life, earth, sky and sea,
King of love on Calvary.
Eucharistic King, what love
Draws thee daily from above;
Clad in signs of bread and wine,
Feed us, lead us, keep us thine.